Can anyone offer suggestions or opinions on using filesystem metadata on a multi-OS networked environment.
I have been asked to help develop a document archive for a small office.
Documents relate to Project, Year, and Target. While an individual document only applies to a single Project or Year, it might relate to multiple Targets.
This is the perfect situation for metadata. File names could indicate Project and Year, with tags to designate the Target. Saved search folders would aid retrieval.
This would work on OS X or Vista and above. However the office network has a 2003 Server, several XP machines, and a handful of Win7 machines, with OS X machines logging on from time to time.
So my questions:
- Can anyone offer insights or experience of using metadata filesystem tags that are compatible across XP and >Vista machines. Maybe by creating custom metadata in XP that is readable as a tag on Vista.
- Can we establish tags/ metadata that will also be readable and writable via OS X?
BTW, all files will reside on the server.
We are also looking at DMS and library software, but it seems overkill for our purposes. A low tech option would be the best solution.
I appreciate any ideas or suggestions from anyone who has faced a similar challenge. The answer may be to upgrade the network, but I'd welcome a quicker solution.